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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Social Work

First Advisor

Ann Nichols-Casebolt


This study explored the risk factors for homelessness in single men, the largest group of people experiencing homelessness and a group about which little is known regarding their risks for homelessness. A case control design was used to differentiate risk factors between men who were homeless and men who were unstably housed. Risk factors included cumulative risk, negative life events, and demographic factors. Two models were tested using discriminant function analysis (DFA). The Cumulative Risk Model did not significantly differentiate between the two groups. However, the Negative Life Events Model yielded one discriminant function that significantly differentiated between the groups and correctly classified approximately 72.4% of the overall cases. Negative life events regarding the loss of housing, unstable housing, and family conflict/disruption were the most important discriminating variables. Furthermore, homeless men were associated with more experiences of loss of housing and family conflict/disruption, and with fewer experiences of housing instability. Implications for policy, social work practice, and research are discussed.


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Date of Submission

May 2011

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